Creating Meditation Time – learn how
You know it’s helpful, you’ve practised meditation at a workshop or a day away but you really struggle on a day by day basis to create meditation time. Here are some ways other people have created meditation time in their schedules.
On the train
Yep! And not necessarily in the Quiet Zone either. If you listen to music then you know that technology has its uses. Switch off the phone, close down the games follow a guided meditation. Just 10 minutes can be enormously helpful and if you have a long commute then experiment with different ones. These are free downloads from
Just 10 minutes can be enormously helpful and if you have a long commute experiment with different ones. These are free downloads from Breathworks of meditations used on the courses I teach.
Using public buildings
If your home is not the most tranquil of places why not experiment with the local library, sports centre, coffee shop or hotel on the way to work. Hide behind the nearest potted plant and quietly enjoy 10 minutes or longer meditating.
Lying on the kitchen floor
One enterprising and very busy mum found herself on the kitchen floor doing a body scan meditation. She was having a particularly hectic week and waiting for a cake to finish baking. So while the oven got on with the baking she spent a tranquil 20 minutes paying attention to her body, breathing and just being.
Walking in the park
Not all meditation needs to be static. Take a break in the park but pay close attention to how you are walking, the sensations as your feet touch the ground, the surface you’re walking on, the minutiae of whatever is around you, sounds, light, heat(or cold), fresh air on your face.
Nursing the baby at 2.00am
Though it doesn’t have to be a baby. You might be caring for someone who’s sick, you’re up and awake when you’d rather be asleep but sleeps eluding you. You find yourself pacing the floor, whether actually or mentally. What does that feel like, can you pay full attention to what’s actually happening in this moment? Can you allow yourself to be there in that moment of exhaustion?
It’s not ideal and insomnia is no fun but just sometimes accepting it for what it is, not fighting it can help.
Want to learn about Creating Meditation Time? Try a mindfulness course.